Politics Fashola's Successor: Ikorodu Kingmakers Screen Jimi Agbeje, Tunde Gbadamosi, Others



Kingmakers in Ikorodu, Lagos State, have commenced the screening of outstanding citizens of the area, in a bid to ensure that the next governor of the state comes from Ikorodu.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the kingmakers have already screened outstanding indigenes, including Mr Jimi Agbeje, Ganiu Solomon and Tunde Gbadamosi, among others for the plum job.

Speaking at a rally tagged: ``Support Ikorodu Division for Governor’’ in Ikorodu on Thursday, the Odofin of Ikorodu, Chief Ademule Shotobi, said it was the turn of the area to produce the next governor of Lagos State.

Shotobi, who is also the Secretary of the Ikorodu Kingdom, argued that the governorship slot should be zoned to Ikorodu in the interest of justice and fair play.

On March 14, Mrs Muyisat Oyefusi, wife of Oba S.A. Oyefusi, the Ayangberen of Ikorodu, made a similar case for the APC to give its governorship ticket to Rep. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who is also a native of Ikorodu.

Shotobi announced that a committee set up by the kingdom had received letters from five prominent citizens of Ikorodu, wanting to contest the 2015 governorship polls.

"We have screened Sen. Ganiyu Olarewaju, Mr Taiwo Kara and Mr Segun Ogunlewe, former Head of Service in Lagos State.

"We have received entry letters from Mr Jimi Agbaje, former governorship candidate of the Democratic Peoples Party and Mr Tunde Gbadamosi, whom we are yet to screen," Shotobi disclosed.

He said that the people of Ikorodu were not particular about the political parties of the aspirants but would support the party that would zone the governorship slot to the area.

"Elders in Ikorodu will soon meet all the political parties on the issue. If you don’t ask for it, even if it is yours, you will never be given.

"It is the turn of Ikorodu Division and the awareness among all indigenes is that nobody can short-change us again," he said.

Also speaking, the Baale of Ojogbe, Chief Olukayode Olomo, warned politicians from the area against ``chickening-out on the demand.

"It is our right. We are not fighting for it. We did not drag it when it was the turn of others.

"Now we feel short-changed and demand that we should be given a chance at the seat," he said.

Ms Folashade Oba, the Coordinator of the Ikorodu Division Solution Alliance, organisers of the rally, described the agitation of the people of Ikorodu for the governorship slot as legitimate.

"Lagos West (Ikeja) has produced Alhaji Lateef Jakande and Sen. Bola Tinubu (Ikeja), Lagos East (Epe) Sir Micheal Otedola, Lagos Central, the incumbent Gov. Babatunde Fashola.

"Ikorodu Division being the most populous, comprising Imota, Isiu, Ijede, Igbogbo, Bayeku, Ipakodo, Egbin, Owutu and Ishawo, among others, should naturally produce the next governor of Lagos State," she said.

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